Proposal Synopsis: The intent of this piece is to create an abstract metaphor for the fracture of a people, country, and culture. This sculpture could be displayed indoors or outdoors. I envision it eight feet tall by sixteen feet long and approximately four inches thick, composed of black and gray shades of granite mounted on a level base and viewed from 360 degrees. The overall black and gray tones are a metaphor for the void in the lives of civilians. The interior separations of the shapes will simulate cuts and tears allowing light to pass through creating a feeling of hope that this war will come to an end. This seemingly simple abstract monument will convey a universal sympathy for the plight of the people of Iraq.
Artist's Biography: Barry Assed was born in Northampton, Pennsylvania and studied drawing and sculpture at Kutztown University. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries and museums throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania and the Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. One of his drawings is in the permanent collection of the Muscarelle Museum. Also, his work is in the slide registry of The Drawing Center in New York.